In Coding
Nov 18th, 2008
Comments Off on Insulin Syringe May Lead to Death
Let diabetic patients know Tyco Healthcare Group LP (Covidien) recalled one lot of ReliOn 31-gauge, 1cc insulin syringes due to possible mislabeling. According to a U.S. Food and Drug Administration Nov. 5 news release, there was a mix up during the packaging process and some syringes labeled for use with U-40 insulin were mixed with ...
Nov 10th, 2008
Comments Off on AAPC to Host 17th Annual National Conference in Las Vegas in April 2009
Record numbers anticipated for the annual event Each year, the American Academy of Professional Coders’ National Conference draws attendees from across the globe. Record numbers are anticipated for the 17th Annual National Conference at The Rio Hotel in Las Vegas April 5-8, 2009. The 2009 National Conference promises to provide coders, physicians and health care ...
In CMS
Nov 4th, 2008
Comments Off on CMS Issues 2009 OPPS/ASC Final Rule
The Outpatient Prospective Payment System/Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment System (OPPS/ASC) 2009 final rule includes a 3.6 percent annual inflation update for hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs), but sets the ASC update at 0 percent. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) projects final 2009 payment rates under the OPPS will result in a 3.9 percent ...
In Billing
Nov 4th, 2008
Comments Off on 2009 MPFS Final Rule: Tidings of Joy
Physicians and non-physician practitioners (NPPs) who provide health care to people with Medicare can expect a pay hike next year, but just how much depends on their willingness to accept the conditions put forth in the 2009 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) final rule. 2009 MPFS Final Rule: Tidings of Joy was last modified: November ...
In CMS
Nov 3rd, 2008
Comments Off on Goblins Bring 2009 HCPCS Level II Codes
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) may have posted HCPCS Level II Halloween day, but there is little terrifying in the more than 400 additions, deletions, changes, and administrative adjustments. The file, which will most assuredly be updated by year’s end and is slated to be altered quarterly through next year, included 160 ...